August 02, 2015

Harper, Mulcair "look primeministerial," but Trudeau is missing in action

Brian LilleyRebel Co-Founder
 

How did Canada's party leaders kickstart their campaigns after Harper called the election the morning of August 2?

This morning, Harper certainly looked the part of PM, although that's hardly surprising after all these years.

As for his rivals, Lilley says Thomas Mulcair of the NDP looked the part, too, against a dramatic backdrop.

But Justin Trudeau was in Vancouver, getting reading to march in the Pride Parade, so all he did was issue a press release.

It's been the same for the last couple of elections: the Liberals just don't seem to have their act together. (Remember Stephane Dion's embarrassing "campaign plane"?)


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commented 2015-08-04 23:36:13 -0400
Joan,

It’s not projecting at all. That’s just the feeling I get from him.

Considering your passionate views on women’s issues and feminism – I am surprised that you support Harper, considering there are many women’s groups and organizations that have had campaigns against Harper. They see him as anti-woman and anti-woman’s rights.

Essentially the Canadian version of what is going on in America with Republican white men trying to tell women what to do regarding their lady parts and women’s rights in general. Hence the reason why women mostly vote for Democrats.
commented 2015-08-04 21:24:22 -0400
Jimmy – you are totally projecting that look onto Stephen Harper. Nothing evil about the man. In fact, he has one of the better characters of all our prime ministers.

Yes, we all have some vice or, as religious folks say, some sin. Original or copy cat. :-)

Obama will be remembered as the first black president. And, to be fair, that is no small feat.
commented 2015-08-04 20:51:12 -0400
I don’t know what it is – but Stephen Harper looks like Satan to me. He always seems to have what looks like a sinister smile and a look that says – I am fucking with you all. He doesn’t look trustworthy and he has proven to not be trustworthy, but ya, he has a face that just gives off a very bad vibe.
commented 2015-08-04 20:45:31 -0400
Joan,

I agree with you about the smoking, but everyone appears to have at least one vice one way or another.
commented 2015-08-04 20:43:06 -0400
Rick,

How is dressing well trying to convince people of something that I am not exactly? I didn’t say I was trying to show off.

I assure you that taxpayers are not offended or bothered because Obama doesn’t get his clothes from Walmart or view him as being a show off. One of the many reasons why he became President is because he was viewed as a “rock star” among so many old and crusty out of touch white men.

Did you have a problem with Sarah Palin and all her fancy clothes when she was running for VP? The tax payers wouldn’t be able to afford her wardrobe as VP.
commented 2015-08-04 16:35:54 -0400
Obama is vain. He has a lithe physique which he maintains with his pack a day. Unhealthy.

Yes, he is suave. Attractive. Hip. But smoking is so bad for his health. I wish he’d stop.
commented 2015-08-04 16:32:56 -0400
This is a little off topic, but if we are talking about tailors, Kathleen Wynne has the best tailor, in my view. I would advise any woman running for office to hire her tailor to make two or three nice suits. Pair them with good shoes, blouses, scarves and jewellery, and voila! A looker!!

Image is important because it sells. But I like to think NorthAmerican voters are, on the whole, sophisticated enough to value policy above posturing, character over charisma.

Maybe I’m too optimistic.

Harper’s style has improved over the years. Remember his 2006 sweater vest? Remember that wooden smile? But I admire his resolve to try to improve his image so he could sell his ideas. Which he did. He had the humility to take advice on style, even though it was sometimes ill- advised.

I believe Harper balks at hiring a personal shopper and a private tailor. I think he believes that would be abusing the taxpayers’ purse. And I think Laureen nicely accessorizes whatever he wears.
commented 2015-08-04 16:12:57 -0400
“Every President enjoys living the high life that being President Of The United States affords them. You think because Obama has better taste in clothes than Stephen Harper and is way more stylish and sophisticated – that means he is living the high life?” Having respect for working taxpayers merits some toning down, not being a show off! Obama has better taste in clothes? Suspect it has more to do with his “fashion advisors”! It is all about conning the American Public, which so far has served Obama well. That may change faster than anyone expects. Fancy duds won’t do much good then except for the American champagne socialists! “Am I a champagne socialist? What does that even mean? I dress well. I am into style and fashion.” Translation: I try to convince others of something I am not. Bully for you if you have the funds to do this. Many do not. “Let Them Eat Cake” a la’ Marie Antoinete (French Revolution) comes to mind.
commented 2015-08-04 16:02:20 -0400
Lots of tangible hatred from lefty news sites and writers today………foaming at the mouth comes to mind!
commented 2015-08-04 14:46:39 -0400
Rick,

Every President enjoys living the high life that being President Of The United States affords them. You think because Obama has better taste in clothes than Stephen Harper and is way more stylish and sophisticated – that means he is living the high life?

Am I a champagne socialist? What does that even mean? I dress well. I am into style and fashion. Nothing wrong with value for money….if you are actually getting value.
commented 2015-08-04 13:18:33 -0400
“who looks like he gets his suits from Moores and get his 10 dollar haircut at First Choice Haircutters.” So, what’s wrong with value for money? You a Champagne Socialist Jimmy? You talk of “laid back”. Dosen’t get much more laid back than that. The Obama family likes living the high life courtesy of the American taxpayer. Strange, or not, you would admire that!
commented 2015-08-04 13:09:08 -0400
Jimmy Da Silva said: “I prefer someone more laid back and real. I don’t need to my Prime Minister to look like a banker or an uptight stuffed shirt with zero personality and charisma. If they have what it takes to do the job, jeans and a t-shirt is fine with me. After years of Stephen Harper having no pulse – it would be refreshing to have a “rock star” Prime Minister.” Like Neil Young perhaps? Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!
commented 2015-08-04 00:54:13 -0400
Joan,

And what do you think of Obama. Sure he wears suits and the like, but he is much more stylish, fashionable and sophisticated. Obama wears hip clothing compared to Harper – who looks like he gets his suits from Moores and get his 10 dollar haircut at First Choice Haircutters.
commented 2015-08-04 00:36:31 -0400
Jimmy, I agree about the importance of dress code except in so far as so much politics is feint and posture. The ayatollah wears the beard and the hat, Mr Kim his signature haircut and Mao suits, Putin his pilot’s bomber jacket and, sometimes, his bare muscled torso. Posturing. Likes beasts of the wilderness. Now if we someday elect a female PM and she bares her breasts in political posturing to intimidate other leaders and gain us advantage, well that would really be the cat’s meow. Until then, decorum does still seem to define the role of government, all power and pomp such as it is.
commented 2015-08-03 23:14:37 -0400
Joan,

No. I don’t care. If you can do the job – that’s all that matters. I don’t need the dog and pony show that tries to the give the illusion that Canadian politics is prestigious. It’s not.
commented 2015-08-03 22:53:12 -0400
Jimmy -really, must our PM wear any shirt at all???
commented 2015-08-03 22:50:09 -0400
Peter Netterville, my point is simply that the bad acts of some Conservatives have hurt the party brand. Including the ugly nonsense in the Senate. It matters not one whit that all parties are abusing taxpayers with excessive expense claims. Conservatives are wrong to do it and ought to have known better. Eve Adams hurt us. The resignations have hurt us. That’s my point. We could lose because of that sort of corruption. Regrettable but really quite predictable. I wish the party could rein in its rogues. But alas …

Harper is a Conservative. He’s not a religious leader. He’s the PM of a stable western democracy and one we can all be proud of. He is responsible to all Canadians, not just the Christian right.
commented 2015-08-03 22:44:54 -0400
I prefer someone more laid back and real. I don’t need to my Prime Minister to look like a banker or an uptight stuffed shirt with zero personality and charisma. If they have what it takes to do the job, jeans and a t-shirt is fine with me. After years of Stephen Harper having no pulse – it would be refreshing to have a “rock star” Prime Minister.
commented 2015-08-03 21:13:51 -0400
Joan said, “Harper is not the only person in the Conservative Party. There is no doubt that he is as clean as a whistle. But the same cannot be said for some others in the party. That is just a fact.”

Well, even I will admit that Harper is not as clean as a whistle, nor has he governed Canada as a a true blue Conservative. He has made his screw-ups, that is for sure, but he is still worlds better than Mulcair and galaxies better than Trudeau.

The real truth is that if a person is in any way interested in anything other than a government that is a direct bridge link to a socialist/communist government, Harper is the only alternative. And my opinion is that he really is not all that bad, even as a Conservative, because I know that he cannot be as right as a full blown true blue Conservative and remain in office, so I accept him as a “just right of center” small “c” conservative.
commented 2015-08-03 21:06:02 -0400
Mulcair may “look” primeministerial but he is far from it considering he is an NDP.
commented 2015-08-03 17:15:50 -0400
“But we have eleven weeks. That is a long time. Lots can happen.” Too true. As for Dipper marketing, I would be asking the question how much of that is being done with parliamentary resources? I got a flyer from the local Dipper just last week raving about how good they were. These flyers are parliamentary privilege, which means the taxpayer pays for them. Truth is, the Dippers and the Liberals started their campaigns long ago using Gov’t money. This one hopes, should stop. What of the money spent by Dippers with parliamentary funds to which they were caught abusing the system and now refusing to pay back. The deliberate ignorance of that event by the Socialist Media is contributing to the Dippers credibility. Had that been the Conservatives? Well, we’ve already seen the trouncing by the Socialist Media when they are perceived to have done something wrong…..true or not!
commented 2015-08-03 16:54:43 -0400
What concerns me is the NDP has scored consistently high in the polls. Their popularity is not error or noise. Their marketing has been extremely aggressive for some time – months – and that is paying off.

But we have eleven weeks. That is a long time. Lots can happen.
commented 2015-08-03 16:47:51 -0400
Peter Netterville -Harper is not the only person in the Conservative Party. There is no doubt that he is as clean as a whistle. But the same cannot be said for some others in the party. That is just a fact.
commented 2015-08-03 15:12:41 -0400
“Trudeau is the poodle, perfectly coiffured, prancing in the rear! "

Oh, now that is good! Hilarious!
commented 2015-08-03 15:11:35 -0400
“but Trudeau is missing in action”

Trudeau has been missing in action since, well … …
commented 2015-08-03 15:03:13 -0400
Mr. Harper is the sleek purebred Irish Setter; Mulcair is the bulldog snapping at his heels; and, Trudeau is the poodle, perfectly coiffured, prancing in the rear! No offense to any dog breeds!
commented 2015-08-03 14:03:14 -0400
“Latest Forum poll results: ”http://www.cp24.com/news/new-poll-says-ndp-support-climbing-towards-majority-territory-1.2499855">http://www.cp24.com/news/new-poll-says-ndp-support-climbing-towards-majority-territory-1.2499855" Depressing. Canadians really are stupid………………….!
commented 2015-08-03 13:54:54 -0400
Brian Lilley, you have given Mulcair too much credit. He looks like a two cent lawyer to me. Did everyone see the CBC’s portrayal of Harper and the Conservatives yesterday? Above and beyond their normal negativity. Mansbridge makes me sick. Could you imagine what the CBC would be broadcasting if Harper was a French citizen.
KILL THE CBC! KILL THE CBC!
commented 2015-08-03 13:11:13 -0400
I’m looking at the Three Hundred and Eight site and they tend to put forth a more balanced, fuller picture of things by averaging out the different polls. Joan mentions that the Forum poll puts the NDP up at 39%. Three Hundred and Eight lists Forums results over the last month and they are rather funny. Last week, the Conservatives and NDP were both tied at 33%, the previous week it was NDP 34, Conservatives 28, and at the beginning of the month it was the NDP and Conservatives both tied at 32. You wonder if Forum’s numbers are really that reliable given the up and down and tied nature of their numbers? Has there anything significant taking place other than the writ being dropped and the bogus story of Harper’s job creation numbers being the worst of all PMs since World War II that is floating around social media?
commented 2015-08-03 12:38:03 -0400
Harper is EASILY the Best PM in the last 40 years . . . and it’s a bonus the FACT he is NOT from Quebec.
We had FOUR Quebec PMs from 1970 to 2004 . . . ALL worked for Power Corp, ALL worked against the Rest of Canada . . . they accumulated 1/2 Trillion in debt up to 2004.
Mulcair was a Quebec Liberal, before he tried to sell himself to the Conservatives and then joined the NDP . . . so he is certainly an Opportunist, a lifelong politician looking out for himself.
Canada has weathered the last 6 years far better than most countries on the planet . . . likely because we have the ADULTS in Charge . . . those who wish for an European Style Welfare State better start paying attention to France, Italy and Greece.
The 19th century concept of Socialism is failing miserably all over the Planet today !